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Is the above book by Duncan McCollum a good reference source? Is there something better?
It is an inexpensive "starter book" for $18.95 on Amazon. Next step up is Military Rifles Of Japan by Honeycutt, $43.59. It covers rifles from the Murata (1880) thru the last of the last (1945), with descriptions and pictures of each model. Then there are specialty books on the type 38 rifle and the type 99 rifle.
It is a very good quick reference book with all the basic info. I generally look at it first for info then go to Honeycutts book if I need more info.
If I lost mine, I'd probably buy it again.
I am not a serious jap collector and I find that book all I need! Good starter, gun show reference!
Rick the Librarian
I picked up a 1977 ed. of Fred Honeycutt's Military Rifles of Japan for 75 cents at a yard sale. I think I did all right! I'm assuming there are later editions?
Mine's the fifth edition printed in 1996. But it's probably still featuring the original cast. They've been out of business since 1945. :>)
hope this link works....the book by don voight is a superb addition to type 99 library....start with the hunreycutt book and then this one...hope this link works-scott
09-19-2007, 10:52 PM#1
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Links to sites of interest, like Banzai; where to buy Books
5-2-2011 New 2010 edition of "The Japanese Type 99 Arisaka rifle" by Don Voigt(03man), 240 pages.
PM or email 03man for availability, Published at $54.95 plus postage.
Posted - 01/01/2004 : 09:03:44 AM
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Site for the book "Military Rifles of Japan", the first and primary reference for Japanese rifles
http://www.gunboards.com/sites/mrj2003/ - MRJ
Direct link to Fred Honeycutts Military Rifles of Japan book website:
Castle Thunder; Be sure to check out the excellent forum!
Bayonet site of member GT Behary. It is a great site, full of info and excellent pictures of all types of Japanese T30 bayonets and scabbards. Thanks George!
Strangms EZboard Japanese forum/ Great discussions!
Japanese and East Asian Forum. More discussion for those who can't get enough Japanese weapons discussion!
Teri's Nambu World. A great site for Nambu and other Japanese pistol collectors
Greg Babich's excellent website on grenade launchers as well as interesting articles!
A chronicle of Japanese Automatic Weapons and Ordnance by William Easterly
Here's a quick link to the Type 99 data sheets:
An interesting Japanese militaria sight hosted by knowledgeable helmet expert Eric Doodey:
This site provides information on ordnance from around the world to include Japanese ordnance.
Not my cup of tea (ha!), but there are lots of serious collectors of Japanese sake cups. Before you buy, take a look:
Interesting and educational threads on Jinsen "For Education" rifles
Thanks Dale for the information. Kim
If the link you want us to find is there, I didn't find it.
Spend a few xtra bucks on Honeycutt.
Spend a few xtra bucks on Honeycutt.
It's more than double the price and overkill for a beginner. McCollum's book is great for beginners. Where you do have a good point though is that if you have enough interest to buy a book, you will probably end up with the Honeycutt book later anyways.
Now, If I ever get the self control to stop adding to my gunshow guide, that'll be a must have book...LOL I think I am about there though.
For what it's worth, I already have the Honeycutt book. I just wondered if the McCollum had anything in it that would be worthwhile over and above the Honeycutt. My philosophy is that it is better to spend money on good books before starting to collect than to spend the same money on incorrect guns.
"My philosophy is that it is better to spend money on good books before starting to collect than to spend the same money on incorrect guns."
That being the case, depending on your interest, I would recommend "The Type 38 Arisaka" by Francis C. Allan, (It covers the T-38 rifles, carbines, and the T-44 rifle), and "The Japanese Type 99 Arisaka Rifle" by Don Voigt.
I agree with your philosophy. I buy books on everything I collect. It's cheaper in the long run!
Good philosphy, but I almost always buy the gun then buy a book to see what I have. In reality you need at least access to the guns to be able to really understand what they are writing about in the book. If you are just reading a book about whatever most of the information will not mean much or stay with you.
I used to buy a lot of books.
I can say a great deal of info has stayed with me on variations and accessories of pieces I will probably never own.
Applies to other things as well.
My mind is so crapped up with this stuff that things I need to know elude me regularly.
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